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Details on Uzalo’s hour-long TV special this past Friday

Distruction Boyz and Zodwa Wabantu on Uzalo

South Africa’s most-watched soapie Uzalo aired a one-hour TV special this past Friday.

The main plotline for the episode revolved around the funeral ceremony of the late characters MaNzunza (Leleti Khumalo) and Smangele (Sihle Ndaba).

The hour-long episode was filmed a month ago on 16 January 2018 to air a special TV for the killed off characters of MaNzuza and Smangele, who were both murdered.

According to reports, Leleti Khumalo quit the Uzalo for more money and Sihle Ndaba got fired.

Former fan-favourites such as Mkhonto (Bonga Dlamini), Advocate Zulu (Luthuli Dlamini), Sibahle (Londeka Mlaba) and Mumsy (Nomcebo Gumede) returned on Friday just for the episode.

Uzalo Leleti Khumalo funeral

Emotional scenes were filmed on the Newlands sound stage in Durban where the Stained Glass TV production roped in guest stars like the current Durban mayor Zandile Gumede, who made an appearance as a community representative.

Gospel sensation Hlengiwe Mhlaba delivered some rendition of soothing gospel melodies.

According to the producers the “the funeral service is a send-off that no-one expected will happen. People have to hold on to their faith, some on their weapons, to make sure that they stay alive and breathing”.

Famous faces included Babes Wodumo, Mampintsha, Tzozo, The Legacy, Selbeyonce, Zodwa Wabantu, Distruction Boyz and Dumi Mkostad also made appearances.

Image Courtesy: SowetanLIVE

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etv premieres a ground-breaking new local daily drama, Imbewu: The Seed

Imbewu The Seed comes to etv

e.tv premieres a ground-breaking new local daily drama, Imbewu: The Seed, in April 2018. In a modern society which worships wealth and rewards ruthless acts of power, the Bhengu family must live in the shadow of a potent secret stemming from ancient traditional practice.

One side of the Bhengu family has been keeping a secret from the other for many years, with treachery and tumult never more than a step away. Brothers Zimele and Phakade are both honorable men, but one will feel betrayed when he learns of a deep secret that could leave a stain on the legacy he hopes to leave for his four children. The potential fallout is certain to provoke controversial questions about values and legacies, relevant to all South African cultures.

The show features a host of new local talent, alongside icons Leleti Khumalo and Thembi Mtshali-Jones.
One of the families central to the plot of the shows is the Bhengu family, comprising Mazulu (Leleti Khumalo); MaNdlovu (Thembi Mtshali-Jones); Ngcolosi (Mpumelelo Bhulose); Zithulele (Rafael Griffiths); KaMandosela (Fundiswa Zwane) and Kanyo (Nqobile Ndlovu) The family also features Vuyokazi Tshona as Buhle, Nokubonga Khuzwayo as Zakhithi, Xolani Mfeka as Nganono, Sandile Dlamini as Phakade and Nokwanda Khuzwayo as Futhi.

The world of Imbewu: The Seed is a reflection of the unique interaction between rural and urban lifestyles in South Africa. It will also showcase the struggles and conflicts between home and corporate settings and the emotional tension created by the economic gap between the haves and have-nots. The Bhengu family is more a reflection of many of South Africans.
Molefe Lebone, The Executive Producer, says that e.tv is committed to exposing new talent in quality local shows. “Imbewu: The Seed features new talent from KwaZulu-Natal that we know will make an impact on our television screens,” he says. “The move to have these fresh faces share the screen with iconic industry veterans is one which assures the future of South Africa’s acting talent pool”.

Imbewu: The Seed is produced by Grapevine Productions, which is a joint venture between Anant Singh’s Videovision Entertainment, Duma Ndlovu’s Word Of Mouth Pictures and Luyks Productions.

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Rhythm City actress Samkelo Ndlovu welcomes her baby girl

Rhythm City actress Samkelo Ndlovu

Actress Samkelo Ndlovu who recently has been playing a role of a pregnant women in Rhythm City has welcomed her baby girl.

The actress shared the news with her followers on social media that her bundle of joy is finally here.

“I’m so in love. Smitten. I never thought I could ever feel so much love for one person. I’m so thankful. The BEST Valentine’s gift ever,” she said

Samkelo has not revealed the name or shared pictures of the baby yet.

“They had her in the nursery for a mere 20minites so I could get some rest, I woke up 10minutes later and asked the nurse to bring her back🙈 I missed her already,” – she tweeted.

Bonnie Mbuli tweeted “Welcome Zuri,you are the one we’ve been waiting for,the earth has been groaning in anticipation of your arrival.”

Congratulations Samkelo 🙂

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Skeem Saam’s Skhumbuzo Mbatha joins Capricorn FM

Skhumbuzo Mbatha joins Capricorn FM

Actor and radio personality Skhumbuzo Mbatha, known for his popular character Meneer Manaka on SABC1 drama Skeem Saam, has left Thobela FM to return to Capricorn FM.

According to TshisaLIVE, Skhumbuzo started his radio career at Capricorn when the station was still known as Radio 1512, but later left to join Thobela FM.

The star has been juggling acting with his radio show on Thobela FM for several years, but will leave the station later this month to rejoin Capricorn FM from the 1st of March 2018.

Skhumbuzo Mbatha told Daily Sun that he left the station to pursue other ventures and when asked about his departure on social media, told fans “what matters now is that I am back and happy!”

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Thabo Mkhabela aka Leshole speaks about his Skeem Saam’s role

Thabo Mkhabela aka Leshole Skeem Saam

Actor Thabo Mkhabela has impressed South Africa with his role as Leshole Mabitsela on popular SABC1 soapie Skeem Saam.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Thabo told the publication that when people meet him on the street they think he is Leshole. They treat him as if he is Leshole.

“People think they own me. They tell me to jump but forget that I am a real person. I don’t mind it much because I love the role.” –  Thabo Mkhabela said.

He recounted a time when his character pretended to be someone else online, a practice called catfishing, and he was reprimanded for it by fans in real life.

“They would come to me and shout at me. They would tell me how to behave and tell me what I was doing wasn’t right. They don’t mean harm, they are just excited. But something needs to be done to educate people. They need to know what happens on TV isn’t real.”

Thabo believed the role has set him apart and made sure he will always be remembered in TV folklore for his character in the same way Connie Ferguson will always be known as Karabo Moroka.

He further added “I don’t like thinking about the future too much but I think I will always be Leshole. The character will stick with me for the rest of my life, long after I have left Skeem Saam. Something like Karabo. People just like him so much.”

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Jack Devnarain aka Rajesh Kumar leaves Isidingo

Jack Devnarain aka Rajesh Kumar leaves Isidingo

Actor Jack Devnarain, best known for his role as Rajesh Kumar on SABC3 soapie Isidingo, has announced that he is leaving the show.

Jack, who is celebrating his birthday today, took to Facebook to make the announcement and expressed his fondness for the show.

The Facebook post reads as follows:

“Friends, on Fri 9 Feb I celebrate my 47th year of this joyful adventure called life. Thank you for walking this journey with me and for reminding me of the virtues of gratitude and humility.

For the last 15 of my 47 years it has been my greatest privilege to bring you the character of Rajesh Kumar. But it is time to move on. I have shot my last scene on Isidingo and I say goodbye to dear friends and colleagues. I leave with the love and blessings of the show that has been my home ever since I took on the role, and I have no regrets.

I’ll be taking a short time-out this weekend and when I return it will be to celebrate the next stage of my career with you all. I started off on the small stages of community halls, bringing laughs, gasps, music and lunacy to people who love being entertained. I will return to the magic of live concerts and I hope you will join me!

Look out for my posts and we will meet again at events I will be co-promoting. Let’s keep it interactive, so I will rely on your feedback. I’ll put up my email address for all your comments, opinions and special requests.

Look out for my promotions company Dingo Dawg (Pty) Ltd and know that I’m here to promote the next generation of stars.”

Before Jack discovered his passion for acting, he worked as a policeman, reports Huff Post. The actor has been in the industry for 15 years with roles in City Ses’la and 37 Honey Street among others.

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Luyanda Mzazi remains silent on her famous dad

Luyanda Mzazi generations the legacy

Generatiions the Legacy actress Luyanda Mzazi says she is not willing to disclose the identity of her very famous father. Luyanda, who plays Lesedi on the SABC1 soapie shared all of this in a recent interview on DJ Sbu’s digital radio station, Massive Metro.

Luyanda is a fresh face to the limelight and she says she wants to make a name for herself without her father’s already existing fame getting in the way.

“He does a lot of things…he does everything, literally…he actually made me realize I can’t just be an actress,” she said.

The 21-year-old actress says she got her role on Generations the Legacy like any other unknown actress. She found an agency, signed up and went for auditions.

“It was my first audition out of school, I was nervous…I’ve never been on TV before. I flunked it, I went home and I was like I didn’t get it, don’t even worry, I didn’t get it,” Luyanda said.

Luyanda further added that she is her own person and she doesn’t want people to think she got to the industry through connections.

“I’m my own person, so I never wanna get asked about my parents…I literally woke up, sent an email, I’ve looked for an agency on google, like everyone can do. I found one, sent an email and they were like ‘ok cool, come through audition’, I did that audition, they liked me…a week later or two I got an email that Generations is having auditions…”

Although this Luyanda’s first role in mainstream television, she has done a lot of theatre work.

Luyanda Mzazi is originally from Johannesburg and is currently studying towards an HR qualification.

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Gail Nkoane Mabalane gives birth to a baby boy

Gail Nkoane Mabalane welcomes a baby boy

South African actress, model, media socialite, businesswoman and singer, Gail Nkoane Mabalane, has revealed today that she gave birth to a baby boy on the 31st of January 2018.

Gail, who is married to Kwaito musician, songwriter and actor, Kabelo Mabalane, is most known for acting roles on South African television series “The Wild”, and recently starred on tele-novel series “The Road”, which airs on Mzansi Magic every weeknight.

Gail has also revealed that today her baby boy who’s name is Khumo Mabalane is just one week old.

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Actress Sihle Ndaba joins the cast of King Kong

Actress Sihle Ndaba joins the cast of King Kong

Former Uzalo actress Sihle Ndaba has joined the cast of stage production King Kong – The Musical. Sihle takes the role of “Petal” for the final extension of the show which is now to 4 March.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of such an iconic show. I first learned about King Kong while I was still in University and have been obsessed with the show ever since. It is an honour to be a part of a legacy set out by legends such as mama Miriam Makeba, bab’Caiphus Semenya, mam’Sophie Mgcina, mam’Letta Mbulu, bab’Hugh Masekela, and mam’Thandi Klaasen just to name a few,” Sihle said in a statement.

King Kong tells the story of heavyweight fifties boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini, whose self-appointed ring name was “King Kong”, to the wildly exhilarating music of Todd Matshikiza.

We are delighted to welcome Sihle to the Fugard Theatre stage for this phenomenal final South African leg of KING KONG’s journey,” says Daniel Galloway, the Executive Director of the Fugard Theatre.

He added that with her powerhouse voice and seasoned acting experience, she is dazzling as Petal.

Ndaba joins Andile Gumbi (The Lion King, isiBaya) as King Kong and Edith Plaatjies (District Six: Kanala; Orpheus in Africa; Blood Brothers) as shebeen queen Joyce.

The Fugard Theatre’s King Kong cast includes Sanda Shandu as Lucky (Orpheus in Africa); Tshamano Sebe as Jack (Athol Fugard’s Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek; Master Harold and the Boys; Noem my Skollie); Desmond Dube as Pop (Dube on Mondays, No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Suburban Bliss); Ntambo Rapatla as Miriam (Menopause the Musical) and Sabelo Radebe as Caswell (West Side Story; Peter Pan).

The production runs at the Fugard Theatre until 4 March 2018, Tuesday to Saturday at 20:00 with a matinee at 15:00 on Saturdays and 16:00 on Sundays.

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Pamela Nomvete horrified by treatment on SABC1’s new show, Agent

Pamela Nomvete Agent SABC1 show

Veteran actress Pamela Nomvete has spoken out about alleged ill-treatment at the hands of the production company behind SABC1’s new series, Agent. She and co-stars Kay Sibiya and Robert Mpisi shot the series on the island of Mauritius over December and January.

However, according to her, things were difficult on set and everything that could go wrong in a production did.

“There were issues with accommodation, payments, times and attitudes – you name it,” she says. Not at liberty to disclose the name of the production company due to contractual agreements, Pamela says it is time actors take a stand against ill-treatment from producers, directors and agents.”

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